ERIC Number: ED439749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning in the Community Colleges: A Look at the Online and Teleclass Experience. A Level 1 Review.
Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.
This study was conducted to gather data about courses currently available to students through distance technologies, and to gather information from both faculty members and students concerning their perceptions of teaching and learning through remote processes in the Florida Community College System. This study focuses particularly on two-way interactive teleclasses and on-line courses with the overall goal of learning more about how many students participate, and how their instructors and they regard their learning experiences. The results of this study indicate that community college students appreciate the access and convenience of distance learning courses and are willing to adapt to and accommodate themselves to the technology. However, faculty who teach distance learning are ambivalent. They are struggling with the demands of teaching distance learning courses and are concerned about the challenges distance learning brings to the learning environment. Two ways in which the Florida Community College System has addressed quality concerns, as well as the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' criteria about offering appropriate support services for distance learners, have been through the development of the Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking System (FACTS) and through the Distance Library Learning Initiative. Appendices listing the available community college distance learning courses and the complete surveys used in the study constitute over half of the report. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida